Chris has worked to improve urban transportation and development for more than 25 years. Starting from a technical base of forecasting the demand for regional transportation investments, he has focused on the policies that ensure transportation systems support sustainable, equitable community-building. He contributed to early work on recognizing the environmental benefits of smart growth, changing parking policy, and reforming federal transportation funding. He is renowned for interpreting technical results legibly for policy-makers and the public.
Chris approaches all of his work by engaging with the community, analyzing their needs and options, and recommending innovative and practical changes. He has led multimodal plans and designs at the site, neighborhood, city, and regional scale. He has led teams including more than 50 individuals and a dozen partner organizations, helping leaders from over 150 governments and private clients create and implement ambitious transportation, economic development, and environmental plans and projects, driven by the priorities of their communities. He served as chair of the Arlington County (Virginia) Planning Commission as it accelerated a successful transition from stagnant suburb to vibrant urban community.